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Behold: Your League Leaders

Oct 4, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

True Story: in the 1970s, the Elias Bureau kept track of who led each league in sideburns.

I realize that one or two clicks can get you this information just about anywhere, but I used to dig the league-leader cards back in the day, and creating this post gave me a decent fraction of the kind of enjoyment I used to get perusing them, so what the hell?

AL: Josh Hamilton: .359
NL: Carlos Gonzalez: .336
Commentary: This is the seventh time a Rockies hitter has led the NL in average in the eighteen seasons the team has been in existence. Rockies hitters have never led the AL in average. That would be really somethin’, though, eh?

Home Runs
AL: Jose Bautista: 54
NL: Albert Pujols: 42
Commentary: Damn steroids. Just like George Foster in 1977 and Cecil Fielder in 1990!

AL: Miguel Cabrera: 126
NL: Albert Pujols: 118
Commentary: Each leader won their league’s RBI crown by a single RBI.

Stolen Bases
AL: Juan Pierre: 68
NL: Michael Bourn: 52
Commentary: Pierre was only 14th in success rate. Bourn was 5th. Coco Crisp and Carlos Gomez took the prize in those categories.

AL: Josh Hamilton: 1.043
NL: Joey Votto: 1.021
Commentary: I wonder if any of the voters who used to mindlessly give their first place MVP vote to the RBI champ have switched to mindlessly giving their vote to the OPS leader? Not a smart way to go about things, even if it would make for a pretty smart vote this year.

AL: CC Sabathia: 21
NL: Roy Halladay: 21
Commentary: I wonder if anyone made the argument that Dave Goltz should have won the Cy Young award in 1977 due to tying for the most wins in the league. I mean, hell, he had seven more wins than Sparky Lyle did that year. Sparky Lyle just didn’t know how to win I guess.

AL: Felix Hernandez: 2.27
NL: Josh Johnson: 2.30
Commentary: Jeremy Bonderman (5.53) and Paul Maholm (5.10) bring up the rear among qualifiers.

AL: Jered Weaver: 233
NL: Tim Lincecum: 231
Commentary: Relax, all right? Don’t try to strike everybody out. Strikeouts are
boring! Besides that, they’re fascist. Throw some ground balls – it’s
more democratic.

AL: Rafael Soriano: 45
NL: Brian Wilson: 48
Commentary: Wilson also led the league in bad hair, ugly shoes, sloppy uniforms, Just For Men consumption and douchey looking beards.

  1. The Common Man - Oct 4, 2010 at 9:05 AM

    It’ll be funny in 60 years when someone discovers a scorekeeping mistake and we have to rescind one of those RBI titles.

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 4, 2010 at 9:09 AM

    Pujols vs. Votto for NL MVP is about as close as humanly possible. Since the Reds made the playoffs, I am one of those guys who thinks Votto should win it. But if Pujols won it, it wouldn’t be as big a travesty as the sabremetricians are going to make it out to be in the coming weeks.

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 4, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    And Regarding the Cy Young in the AL…I’m all for Felix winning it, but the outcry from the sabremetricians is ironic considering CC is only a half win less in the usual be-all, end-all stat for them…WAR. Wins Above Replacement. Felix(First)…6.0. CC(Second)…5.5. So while they are spouting every single other stat under the sun, CC is second in WAR by half a win. Hopefully, this proves to the sabremetricians that WAR…what is it good for…absolutely NOTHING…say it again…WAR…what is it good for…absolutely NOTHING…

  4. browngoat - Oct 4, 2010 at 9:22 AM

    “Wilson also led the league in bad hair, ugly shoes, sloppy uniforms, Just For Men consumption and douchey looking beards.”
    He may have led the league in those categories, but sometimes you have to look deeper into the numbers to find an award winner. Show some respect for the work done by Troy Tulowitzki’s mullet, the Donner Party beard sported by Jason Werth, those sloppy looking orange uniforms the Orioles had, etc.

  5. BC - Oct 4, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    Wilson does not come close to topping the Pavanostache.

  6. BC - Oct 4, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    PS. Dave Goltz rocks!

  7. Proudly Canadian - Oct 4, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    Baltimore has to win something. Give them an award for those uniforms.

  8. Trevor B - Oct 4, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    At least most of us will either be dead or too off our rockers to even care. Or else I’d be in a panic right now.

  9. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 4, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    I wonder if Carlos Gonzalez is feeling refreshed enough, since he was on the bench 3 of the last 4 games and probably was kept from at least tying for the RBI title.

  10. BC - Oct 4, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Oliver Perez for NL MVP and Cy Young. He did the most to help get Minaya and Manuel fired.

  11. adam - Oct 4, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    No love for The Thing that’s on Ryan Franklin’s face?

  12. MerkleBoner - Oct 4, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Wilson led the league in awesome.

  13. Ari Collins - Oct 4, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Don’t forget Roger Maris’ 61 in ’61. The guy had never hit 40 before and never hit 40 again. I’m not saying he took steroids, of course. BUT QUESTIONS REMAIN.

  14. Michael - Oct 4, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    If you think WAR is be-all, end-all for sabermetrically inclined folks, then you haven’t been paying attention.

  15. Gobias Industries - Oct 4, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    “Wilson…led the league in…douchey looking beards.” I’m assuming Bobby Jenks took the AL crown for the sixth straight year?

  16. Benny Blanco - Oct 4, 2010 at 11:13 AM


  17. Fecteau - Oct 4, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    “Rockies hitters have never led the AL in average”
    I sure hope not! They are a National League team!!!! Do you mean the batting title winner from the Rockies have never outperformed an American League??

  18. Craig Calcaterra - Oct 4, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    No, I was being silly.

  19. Utley's hair - Oct 4, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Or the stress of the situation of these guys losing the RBI in question just kills us.

  20. Utley's hair - Oct 4, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Nope. He really had no impact on the Phightins winning the NL regular season. I’m beginning to think he may be a tad overrated.

  21. BC - Oct 4, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Franklin is just copying Bobby Jenks.

  22. IdahoMariner - Oct 4, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    and to be fair, they aren’t saying that CC wasn’t awesome this year — most of them said “in any other year, it would e CC for the CYA” — they’re just saying (based on ALL of the stats a pitcher can control, including WAR, that Feliz is the best pitcher this year.

  23. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 4, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    I see alot of people, like JoePos, who are all for the stats, saying that WAR is important. Is it? Really? How could it possibly be all that special when it has CC second by only half a win, when most sabremetric people think he is the 5th or even 6th best pitcher in the AL this year. This should really make people consider whether WAR is actually even relevant at all for pitchers. Maybe for hitters it has a little value. But for pitchers, maybe it gives too much credit to Wins? ImJustSaying

  24. Kiwicricket - Oct 4, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    I am amused you actually replied to this. Diligence.

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